Declan Meehan

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Kerry’s Dara Ó Cinnéide: “We had underachieved as minors. And that hurt us so badly.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the autumn of 1997, Dara Ó Cinnéide got a letter from a friend from Co Louth who he had studied alongside at the University of Limerick (UL). It wa(...)

“All the social consequences,  suicides, ruination, people’s careers being destroyed and all the rest that flow from an unregulated gambling industry in this country are there for us all to see,” says Independent Senator  Michael McDowell.

Thousands of Irish race-goers made their way to Cheltenham last week for four days of gambling in the Gloucestershire countryside, contributing to the(...)

Dublin-based “super-pirates” Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio were dominant presences in the local radio market in the 1980s. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

On this day 30 years ago, Ireland’s pirate radio stations bestowed an abrupt if reluctant silence on a grieving listenership nationwide. It was eithe(...)

Declan Meehan, who worked with Nova Radio, Century, 2FM, Ard Big and various others; and Stuart Clarke, assistant editor of Hot Press, who worked with Radio Caroline, pictured with a biscuit tin transmitter from Radio Butty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A transistor disguised in a biscuit tin so that it could be quickly hidden in the event of a raid by post office officials is just one of the many ite(...)

Crossmaglen’s Francie Bellew celebrating  the club’s victory in the Ulster club football  final of 2008. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

My parents are hoarders. Not on an industrial scale, not in a way that would interest TV producers, but they like to hold onto things. My brother en(...)

Derrygonnelly’s Connall Jones forced extra-time with a late point against Cavan Gaels in Clones. File Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Cavan Gaels (Cavan) 0-12 Derrygonnelly (Fermanagh) 0-12 (aet) Icy cold, a few cards, no goals and dour as it gets–- as stereotypical Ulster Club Cham(...)

Thomas Flynn celebrates with Damien Comer after scoring Galway’s winning goal against Mayo in the Connacht championship semi-final at McHale Park last month. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

No matter what happens in Pearse Stadium on Sunday, Galway football is beginning to move from the shadows. The county has had gaps before: it failed (...)

Student Amée Dunne (left) and her fiancé Kathryn Nea at the launch of USI campaign: “We have an opportunity to protect our children, who are being bullied for being attracted to someone of the same gender. It’s not right and it’s not fair and it’s not equal.” Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

On a bleak November afternoon, hundreds of students lined up to fill in voter registration forms at a stand in University College Cork (UCC). They smi(...)

Finín Máirtín, head of Coláiste Eoin boys’ secondary school in Stillorgan (above), said some parents had not wanted their sons to attend the homophobia workshop due to be delivered by the ShoutOut organisation on Tuesday morning.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A “number of parents” of students at the Dublin secondary school which this week halted a workshop to combat homophobic bullying had objected because (...)

Pupils arriving at Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Dublin school has denied cancelling workshops for students aimed at combating homophobic bullying.In a statement issued on Wednesday, Coláiste Eoin,(...)

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